Cadillac XT2 will not go into productionApril 15, 2020
Plans for the release of the most affordable Cadillac crossover seem to be mothballed.
A few years ago, Cadillac registered trademarks for several names that it may or may not use for future models. The list includes XT2, which, based on the nomenclature of the brand, will be a smaller SUV located below XT4. Theoretically, having become cheaper than the XT4, which costs $ 35,000, the Cadillac XT2 could bring a premium badge to the category available to even more buyers. Unfortunately, this may never happen.
According to information on the website of the US Patent and Trademark Office Cadillac abandoned the XT2 trademark. So, if this little SUV has ever been in development, now the project seems to be mothballed.
Could it be that Cadillac was unable to get a value below XT4? As for other premium brands, the cheapest BMW SUV is the base X1 for $ 35,200, Mercedes GLA – from $ 34,250, Audi Q3 – from $ 34,700, and the Volvo XC40 costs from 33,700 dollars. It is possible that for XT2 there is simply not enough space in the segment with a price below XT4, but with the luxury of Cadillac. There are also several non-luxury brands, such as the excellent Mazda CX-30, worth $ 30,000 or less.
Thus, until something changes, the XT4 will remain the most affordable entry point into the Cadillac crossover line. Perhaps this is for the best, as we are not sure that the Cadillac has created a small flagship SUV – the XT4, although stylish and roomy, it lacks the sophistication and build quality of its competitors. In general, it needs some refinement, so the time spent by the brand is better spent on improving this model, and not on introducing something new.
Having lost the XT2, Cadillac can focus on its more premium newcomers, such as the upcoming Escalade. This luxury SUV, unlike the unrealized XT2, is more about excess than efficiency, and this is exactly what fans of this iconic car appreciate. It will also feature the popular Cadillac Super Cruise technology, which helps the driver, and a big step forward in quality and interior style. Unfortunately for small families, the disappearance of the XT2 badge before it ever sees the light of day means that in the foreseeable future there will be no smaller, affordable Caddy SUV.
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